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Three guides available in ADA Catalog for first time

Dental sedation book updated

June 18, 2018

By David Burger

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Los Angeles — Dr. Stanley F. Malamed believes that many dentists are wary of using sedation in their practices — unfortunately, he added.

“Sedation techniques such as inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide and oxygen remain extremely safe and effective,” said Dr. Malamed, a dental anesthesiologist and emeritus professor of dentistry at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California. “I have called inhalation sedation ‘the starter technique’ for many, many years, as I believe that all dentists should have this safe and effective technique available for their fearful patients. Surveys have shown that only about 30 percent of U.S. dentists employ nitrous oxide and oxygen in their practices to any appreciable degree.”

To educate the other 70 percent — as well as to further instruct the dentists who already utilize sedation in their practices — Dr. Malamed has released the sixth edition of his textbook, Sedation: A Guide to Patient Management, for the first time available in the ADA Catalog.

Dr. Malamed
Dr. Malamed

“The first edition was published in 1985,” Dr. Malamed said. “In the ensuing 30 years, significant changes have occurred in the area of sedation, both in medicine and dentistry. In this latest edition, all chapters have been updated to reflect developments in drugs, monitoring and regulation that have occurred since the fifth edition was published in 2010. The chapters on monitoring, intranasal sedation, intravenous sedation, general anesthesia and the section on special considerations had to be extensively rewritten to reflect these changes. Obviously, a new edition of a widely used book includes a review of dental and medical literature published since the most recent earlier edition so that any significant developments can be included. All chapters include updated references to current research in the specific area covered in that chapter or section.”

The 632-page guide combines theory with how-to technical instruction to help dentists master basic techniques in dental sedation and anxiety control. It also incorporates the latest guidelines from the ADA and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, along with images of the most current equipment and procedures used in dental practice today. In addition, there is detailed discussion on how to modify typical treatment protocols to successfully treat different patient populations — including pediatric, geriatric, physically compromised and medically compromised patients.

“The sedation publication is a practical guide to the overall subject of how to manage the fearful dental patient in a safe and effective manner,” Dr. Malamed said.

Two other guides are now available for the first time in the ADA Catalog: Orofacial Pain: Guidelines for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Management; and Understanding Bruxism: Current Knowledge and Practice.

Orofacial Pain includes an overview of each orofacial condition, as well as its symptoms, comorbidites, differential diagnoses and treatment options. Every chapter in the 336-page guide has undergone updates to reflect the developments in the expanding field of orofacial pain.

The 184-page bruxism guide outlines the latest research and various etiologies and aggravating factors of bruxism, distinguishes the different types of bruxism and demonstrates how to complete a differential diagnosis. In keeping with the latest evidence, the authors promote a conservative approach to treatment and outline which treatment strategies to use in different situations.

Readers can save 15 percent on the three guides and all ADA Catalog products by using promo code 18127 by Aug. 17.

To order, visit or call 1-800-947-4746.